There is almost nothing a candle won't fix; a bad mood, a horrible day or a dark, dingy room. With a strike of a match everything appears better, bathed in the glow of a beautifully scented jar. Considering this, it's no wonder Irish candle companies have seen a boom in trade since lockdown.

With so many of us trying to find the perfect candle, we've decided to do the hard work for you and select five bright Irish companies we could wax lyrical about.

D8CandleCo

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The D8 Candle Co. is a lockdown success story. Accountant by trade, Lydia Ging only turned to candle making as a hobby when lockdown began. She played around with the feel of the product and then started making them for family and friends.

Soon an Instagram account followed, and it was from there the business grew and grew. The candles are hand poured and each vessel is hand cast, making each one unique. Every candle is named after something that brings back a happy memory for Lydia: from summers in Barley Cove, which evoke the smell of Coconut and Sea Salt, to her bestseller, The West, which has tones of Sandalwood and Connemara Peat.

As well as being stocked in three outlets the candles go on sale from her website every Thursday from 1pm. Retail from €25. For more info, visit d8candleco.com.

Sómas 

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Sómas, meaning 'ease' or 'comfort', was set up by Margaret Urbanowicz in her home in Cork. The brands ethos is to always find comfort and bliss and to remind ourselves to relax and be more mindful in our daily life. With ten candles over two very different collections there is a scent for everyone.

Lockdown saw a huge uptake in Driftwood and Sea Salt which brought the scent of outdoors inside. Another nice addition is travel size candles so you can make anywhere smell like home. My favourite is Oakwood & Musk.

You can also get three-month subscriptions through their website, which is another nice gift option. Travel candles start at €12.95 and large candles retail at €29. For more info, visit somasstudio.com.

This Makes Scents 

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Two college friends, Sinead and Tracy, had been searching for a candle that not only smelled gorgeous but wouldn't have such a negative impact on the environment. Since they couldn't find what they were looking for they decided to try their hand at making their own candles and This Makes Scents was born.

What started at a kitchen cooker in Wicklow has now expanded into seven varieties of candles and wax melts which are all hand poured. With the environment at the heart of the business their packaging is fully recyclable and made from recycled materials - so no waste!

Winter saw an increase in sales of the Library and Smoked Vanilla scents and this April will see the release of Coconut and Sandalwood, which are sure to achieve the same success. They are priced from €6 for wax melts to €22 for 250ml. For more info, visit thismakesscentscandles.ie

Clean Slate

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Clean Slate candles was founded by Dubliner Nicole Connolly. She was inspired by the fact that she couldn't quite find the perfect candle that was simple and elegant in style but would also smell divine. The packaging, which has clean lines and is gender neutral in tone, reflects the slick Nordic styles that are so popular on Instagram right now.  To me, it wouldn't look out of place in a luxury hotel room.

Scents include Cardamon & Spice, Dusk and my favourite Sweet Tobacco & Black Pepper. Prices start at €23. For more info, visit cleanslate.ie.

Soilse Candles

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After eleven years working in fast fashion in New York, Irish designer Karen Lavelle returned to these shores and fell in love with Ireland all over again. Swapping a Manhattan apartment for the countryside, she was inspired by the smells of Ireland and wanted to bottle them in a candle to bring back as presents for her Stateside friends.

What started as a hobby is now a full-time business. Soilse's scents are seasonal, and winter months sees an increase in sales of her Turf and Moss varieties, while spring sees an increase in popularity of fresh scents such as Wildflower and Soft Day.

Soilse's Moss candle even earned a recent mention in Vogue by Queen's Gambit star Anna Taylor Joy, who described it as her favourite scent. Candles retail from €18.50. For more info, visit soilsecandlecompany.ie.